MITCH HEDBERG – bunch o’ stuff (part 1 of 3)
I used to not like this guy’s stuff. I thought the material itself was really strong, viagra dosage but his delivery made it unbearable for me. Then, heart very recently, erectile I did a complete 180 on the whole thing — after giving his stuff another serious try, I think he was a remarkable genius.
Much like his obvious antecedent, Steven Wright, Hedberg dealed stream-of-consciousness comedy, where the only set-up needed for any joke, which rarely lasted more than a few seconds, was your becoming in-tune with his personality. Whereas Wright’s delivery is incredibly dry and snail-paced, Hedberg’s was fast ‘n furious, spoken to the floor while he hid behind a pair of sunglasses, in a drawl halfway beetwen “stoner” and “beat poet”.
Hedberg died in ’05 from an apparent drug overdose at the age of 37, and I’ve only come to appreciate his material posthumously, mostly from hearing many clips on Sirius’s various comedy channels.
These unreleased live sets and other rarities are all found on a certain Hedberg tribute site, and originally this post was gonna be just a short paragraph and a link to that site — but when I tried to download all the available material from it, its server acted extremely funky, and I had to re-try some of the downloads several times before they could be completed. So, fuck it, here they are for your conveinence. More to come in a few days –
Mitch Hedberg – Giggles Comedy Club, Seattle, WA, 11.02.01 (MP3)
Mitch Hedberg – Capitol City Comedy, Austin, TX, 11.25.01 (MP3)
Mitch Hedberg – Giggles Comedy Club, Seattle, WA, 05.03.02 (MP3)
Mitch Hedberg – Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 12.03.02 (MP3)
Mitch Hedberg – The Pageant, St. Louis, MI, 12.12.03 (MP3)